House of Commons Hansard #99 of the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was information.

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Cinar
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Martin Cauchon Minister of National Revenue and Secretary of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)

Mr. Speaker, I do not see how an exchange of information could be described as inappropriate when it is carried out in connection with programs jointly administered by Human Resources Development Canada and the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, particularly when this is all being done under section 214(1)(c) of the act.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

John Reynolds West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast, BC

Mr. Speaker, here is another quote from the minister's own internal audit:

There is no assurance that all hard drives are erased of potentially sensitive HRDC data prior to disposal since the cleaning process is inconsistently practised within HRDC.

The privacy commissioner is concerned. Canadians are concerned. How can Canadians trust the minister to protect their privacy when she is so unconcerned about what is happening in her own department?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I reject outright the commentary of the hon. member opposite. I would draw attention to some of the other things we are doing as a result of the internal audit, the survey of the department, with regard to information technology.

Aside from the things I have already mentioned in the House, we have also improved staff knowledge of IT security policies and procedures. We are preparing annual operational security plans which will ensure that staff are aware of security and the current year's initiatives on IT security. A number of things are being implemented in this very important and new territory in development.

In the context of the work of the privacy commissioner, I want to say to the hon. member that surely the right thing to do is to work with him and to look at aspects of privacy in the context of these particular issues so that in the future the good service we provide to Canadians can be continued.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

John Reynolds West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast, BC

Mr. Speaker, the minister likes to make out like it is old news. We have the freedom of information available to us today. The privacy commissioner brought his information out yesterday.

Let me give another quote from her own internal audit:

It is not unusual for employees to have in their possession an HRDC laptop, desktop or other IT equipment located at the employee's residence.

A laptop is in their own residences. That is a quote from her own internal audit.

How can the minister assure security when the personal information of Canadians is being taken home every night from their place of business?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I want to convey to the House that we do audits. We do take action as I have shown.

In the context of the files we are talking about here, the work of the privacy commissioner, I would point out that the hon. member used to be a Tory. I suspect he was part of the government that put this all together in the first place.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. These conversations which keep going on eat up our question time.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

An hon. member

Good.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

I would encourage members, if they do not want to take part in the question period, to withdraw from the House. It would make it easier on the rest of us.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Human Resources Development has the most complete file of personal data in Canada.

She says that we can trust her because of the professionalism of her employees and her department's internal policies.

How can we trust a minister who is unable to produce the Placeteco invoices? How can she be trusted to properly manage a data bank such as the one at her disposal, when she is not even able to manage her grant files?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is wrong. Even the privacy commissioner says that the information is being secured.

Immigration
Oral Question Period

May 17th, 2000 / 2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Sophia Leung Vancouver Kingsway, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Two weeks ago you returned from bilateral talks on immigration with the Chinese government. Could the minister tell the House how your trip to China will help Canada to combat future unlawful migrants from China?

Immigration
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. I ask hon. members to please address the Chair.

Immigration
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Liberal

Elinor Caplan Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for her question. In fact the level of co-operation as a result of my meeting with senior Chinese officials, I must say, has resulted in the return to China of almost 100 Chinese nationals who arrived in Canada, received due process and were ready to return home.

As a result of these initiatives to prevent, to interdict, and to ensure due process and timely return, Canada and China together will make sure that those who would traffic in human lives, the snake heads, do not succeed.

We understand that it is important to work together co-operatively to achieve that end. I believe that is good for Canada and good for China.

Organized Crime
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay—Columbia, BC

Mr. Speaker, last night Charlie Greenwell at CJOH news in Ottawa ran a story on Sidewinder, the investigation into the organized crime and Chinese triads influence in Canada.

What was new were amazing allegations of political donations made to politicians and political parties which have great influence in Canada.

What specific steps has the solicitor general or his department taken to protect Canadians and all political parties from the scourge of organized crime?